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Some people are ecstatic over the thought of bright pink peonies on their big day. Others daydream of a twelve-layer, chocolate chiffon cake. Me? I’m wide-eyed over all things paper – the slightly texturized touch of a perfectly designed wedding invitation. Bonus points if the envelope is lined.
Today, options are nearly limitless when it comes to getting gorgeous invites, no matter your geographic distance to a design studio and printing press. Aside from the DIY method, digital invitation sites have sprung up like dandelions. Meaning, there are a lot.
If you choose to jump into the order-online pool, don’t fret. You can easily dip a toe into the water by ordering a sample kit from any of the sites, which include invites, envelopes, paper types and colors… a super helpful array of looks and feels that can help in narrowing down your likes and dislikes. And, best yet, most of the sample kits come with a discount code that can be applied to your order, too.
I’m going to be honest: there’s a ton to look at. From invites themselves, to matching save-the-dates, personalized napkins, menus, table numbers, placecards, gift tages… the list goes on. And on. And on. Here’s my advice. Don’t get yourself caught in the tornado of budget-busting personalized products.
Today, I’m highlighting a few of the sites that piqued my interest when starting to shop around for invitations:
I have no evidence on which site popped up first, but Minted is the one that I first became aware of, way back when. In fact, I ordered some stationary and a limited-edition photograph print from them a few years back. Today, they’re at the top of the echelon when it comes to glossy, well-packaged and aesthetically appealing offerings. (Okay, I lied. I looked it up and Minted started in 2007; Wedding Paper Divas lanched in 2006; and the newest site in my mind is the oldest… Zazzle originated in 2005.)
I’ve been digging the WPD site since I first laid eyes on it, and actually, it’s currently in the lead for my own wedding invite order. The one thing that I despise (it’s a strong word, I know) is that they slap their logo on the back of some products… including save the dates. For that reason, I’m definitely not ordering our save-the-date cards from WPD. Not crazy about a logo to start with, but also not crazy about the word “diva” stamped anywhere on my invites.
This site has some really nice options, but I have to admit that I haven’t seen their samples. What I do like when scrolling through their themes and designs is the large array of products within each collection. So, if you wanted to rely really heavily on an agate theme, you totally could. Stickers to menus to gift tags to placecards to custom stamps. (Not necessarily recommending this approach, but it IS available.)
If you’re looking to venture from the crowd and truly customize your invites, then the independent shops at Etsy have plenty of ways to help. From designing and printing, to designing a suite of materials that you can print yourself, the shops offer endless inspiration. I’m loving these sweet invites from the heartandfox shop, which feature original illustrations of the bride and groom.
Another fun destination is Paperless Post, which does indeed have some paper products to choose from, it turns out. You can also save yourself the cost of stamps (I’m all about picking investment priorities… and if paper isn’t on your palate, no judgement here!). What I dig most are the FREE invite options, including some cute online save-the-date announcements and bridal shower invites.